Report: Bret Bielema firing OC following one season at Illinois
Illinois head coach Bret Bielema does not have patience when it comes to his players and coaches underperforming. After just one season as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen is out at Illinois according to a report by Jeremy Werner of the Illini Inquirer.
BREAKING: Tony Petersen is out as #illini offensive coordinator
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) January 5, 2022
Illinois finished the 2021 college football season with an overall record of 5-7, one of the better finishes there since 2011. The Illini were able to get 5 wins with some impressive performances on defense.
Offensively, Illinois has been one of the worst offenses in the B1G and the nation. This season, Illinois’ offense ranked 116th in the nation in points per game (20.2) and 111th in total yards per game (317.1). Their rushing offense ranks 55th in the nation (173.6 rushing yards per game) as a result of their passing offense being the worst in the B1G. The Illini offense ranks 120th in the nation in passing yards per game (143.5).
Petersen was brought on to Illinois after one season at Appalachian State as the offensive coordinator where its offense ranked 28th in the nation in points per game (33.8).